Developing and Leading a Climate and Health Research Network on the University of Arizona Campus

Project Dates

During 2013-14, Wilder and Brown initiated a climate-health research nexus for interdisciplinary research on these topics at the UA. A workshop convened on February 14, 2014 attracted about 40 researchers, including representation from the Colleges of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health, with some representation from the physical sciences. Representatives from the Arizona Department of Health Services CDC-funded BRACE Program (on heat impacts on public health) were present and expressed interest in participating with the UA research community. The goals of this initiative are to: 1) foster a community of interdisciplinary researchers working at the intersection of climate and health; and 2) develop core concepts for fruitful collaboration on externally funded grant proposals. At the end of the workshop, a steering committee was formed to plan next steps and convene a subsequent meeting of the full group. By May 2014, the steering committee met several times and refined its plans for a future meeting in fall 2014.